Submitted by Brian Hillabush on October 11, 2008 - 12:39am
Andy Ruddock only needed 14 carries to rack up 123 yards with a touchdown to lead Attica to a 50-15 win over visiting Holley.
Quarterback Brandon Rollins had a huge game, connecting on 11-of-13 passes for 205 yards and three scores. He tossed two of those touchdowns to Shawn Dupuis, who had 137 receiving yards on seven carries.
Nate Berry also had a big game and rushed for 105 yards with two scores.
Kevin Gallinger had 12 tackles to lead the Blue Devil (4-2) defense.
Attica is currently the No. 7 seed in Class B and will probably need to win its final two games to secure a playoff berth.
Holley has really struggled this season and Attica should be able to roll in this one, but will have Pembroke in the final week of the season.
Expect a heavy dose of Andy Ruddock in this game, at least the first half.
Ruddock has rushed for 724 yards on eight touchdowns on 73 attempts this season and will probably gain over 100 yards in the first half of this game.
He is a featured back and the Hawks struggle against the run. Notre Dame had two runners get over 100 yards each last week in a 34-14 win and Pembroke had 300 yards running the previous week.
Nate Berry has 120 yards and Luke Pariso has 124 this season, so those two runners could also get plenty of work.
Brandon Rollins and Shawn Dupuis are a solid passing duo as Rollins has completed 34-of-57 attempts for 460 yards and eight touchdowns and five interceptions. Dupuis has a great chance of making the GR all-star team as a receiver as he has hauled in 16 passes for 348 yards and four touchdowns.
Attica's defense is also solid, led by Pariso's 45 tackles. Kevin Gallinger (35), Kyler Dabolt (31) and Dave Jennings (30) are all over 30 tackles on the season.
Holley is really struggling to move the football.
The Hawks have a total of just 186 yards of offense combined in the last two games.
Submitted by Brian Hillabush on October 3, 2008 - 10:51pm
The Oakfield-Alabama football team didn't start a lot of the usual names because of a flu that kept several players out of practice this week.
They also didn't do a very good job of keeping the ball from hitting the ground.
But the Hornets did just enough to beat host Attica 35-20 Friday night.
It was senior night for the Blue Devils and a couple of seniors gave the squad a very quick lead. Andy Ruddock busted off a 21-yard run and Nate Berry hauled in an 18-yard touchdown pass from junior Brandon Rollins to get things going, just 1 1/2 minutes into the contest.
O-A blocked the extra point.
The Hornets didn't take very long to answer as Tim Smith returned the kickoff 34 yards and Josh Athoe made his mark.
Athoe hasn't played in any high school game since getting injured at the start of last baseball season, but got the start at fullback in this game.
The 6-foot-2, 185 pound junior busted off an 11-yard run that set up his 12-yard touchdown run, with the Jon Fisher giving Oakfield-Alabama a lead that would never go away.
Ruddock ripped off a 30-yarder on Attica's next drive, but Chris Williams sacked Rollins to kill a drive and force a punt.
The Blue Devil defense did its job by stopping the Hornets on a fourth-and-2, but the offense fumbled the ball away on the first play of the next drive.
Athoe kicked off the second quarter with a 9-yard TD run, giving O-A a 14-6 advantage.
The Hornets got the ball back after an Attica punt and moved the ball through the air, with A.J. Kehlenbeck hooking up with Noah Seward and Tyler Tamblin on passes before finding Brad Riner with a 4-yard touchdown pass with just 17 seconds left in the half.
Tim Smith - who finished with 162 rushing yards on 20 carries - started the second half scoring with a 20-yard TD run.
Attica then started making a comeback.
Rollins hooked up with Shawn Dupuis on a 44-yard pass that moved the ball all the way down to the O-A 1, where Rollins scored on a keeper. The conversion pass failed and Oakfield-Alabama led 28-12.
Just seconds ticked off the clock before Kyler Dabolt popped the ball out of an O-A runners hands and Berry picked it up, scampering 62 yards for a score. Rollins ran in the conversion and Attica had cut O-A's lead to 28-20 near the end of the third period.
Submitted by Brian Hillabush on October 1, 2008 - 9:14pm
Oakfield-Alabama (4-0) at Attica (3-1)
7 p.m. Friday
It doesn't get much bigger than this one as Attica must win to have a shot at a tie for the Genesee Region League title and the Hornets need a win to make next week's game against Pembroke basically give the winner a shot at being an individual champion.
The battle on the line is going to determine the winner as both teams have had big years running the football, with O-A's line being led by Craig Campbell and Chris Williams.
The game is Attica's homecoming so the Blue Devils will have some extra motivation.
Andy Ruddock is going to get the ball a bunch of times for Attica - and why not - he's been one of the top performers in the league thus far.
The senior has gained 608 yards with eight touchdowns on 62 carries and works as a featured back in coach Jeff Cusmano's offense.
The Blue Devils will pound the ball with Ruddock, hoping he can pop off a couple of big runs.
If O-A's defense can manage to hold him in check, Brandon Rollins is going to put the ball in the air.
He's gone 22-of-37 for 385 yards and six touchdowns this season.
The top target in the passing offense is Shawn Dupuis, who has hauled in 12 balls for 214 yards and four scores.
Williams and Brad Riner lead the defense with 20 tackles and their unit will be trying to force Rollins to beat them. Both Derek Hicks and Evan Kotarski have 19 tackles apiece with Noah Seward pitching in 18 tackles with four sacks.
Oakfield-Alabama's offense is going to continue to pound the football and Attica knows what is coming - like every other team - but will have to work to stop it.
Smith won Class C Offensive Player of the Week this week after a huge performance and now has 489 rushing yards with seven touchdowns.
He got the bulk of the carries last week, but coach John Dowd will give the ball to Riner (301), Jason Stanley (199) and Joe Natalizia (221) as well.
Attica's defense will be led by Luke Pariso and his 28 tackles. Dave Jennings has 22.
Submitted by Brian Hillabush on September 23, 2008 - 9:50pm
The Attica boys soccer team had not won a Genesee Region League match, until Tuesday night.
The Blue Devils scored first then held on to beat visiting Lyndonville 3-0.
"We've been behind in almost every game and we were on a six game losing streak," Attica coach John Dickhut said. "It was nice to get one early on somebody."
Brandon Reiner scored eight minutes in on a header, off a pass by Andy Hagen to get the ball rolling.
Matt Sheffield then scored an unassisted goal eight minutes later.
"We have quite a few guys that can score," Dickhut said. "We had relied on Andy Hagen a lot early on, but just about anybody can put it in. A couple of games ago I changed my strategy and added another forward to boost the offense a bit."
Joe Wolak added an insurance goal late in the second half off a pass by Reiner to cap off the victory and give Attica a 1-5 league and 4-6 overall record.
Goalie Jacob Seiferth made 10 saves.
"We haven't helped him out too much this year," Dickhut said. "This was his first shutout of the year and he didn't have to work super-hard to get it. The defense really helped him out today."
Submitted by Philip Anselmo on August 4, 2008 - 12:03pm
There was no lack of entertainment in Genesee County this past weekend. And it seems that Daily News reporter Roger Muehlig got a little taste of it all. Muehlig was in Attica Sunday for the 51st annual Attica Rodeo that drew more than 7,000 spectators over the weekend. Says Waterport resident Carl Miller of the rodeo: "We like it."
Muehlig was also at the Elba Onion Festival Saturday for the crowning of the Onion Queen. Seventeen-year-old Nicole Heffle received the honor. "It's always (been) like my dream to be Onion Queen," she said.
As if those two grand events weren't enough for one tireless reporter, Muehlig got over to the Toys for Kids chicken barbecue fundraiser Saturday outside T-Shirts Inc.'s new location at 438 East Main St. All proceeds from the barbecue will benefit Don Carroll's Toys for Kids campaign for Christmas.
I hope Muehlig is home taking a day off today.
The one place Muehlig wasn't to be found this weekend was at the town of Murray's bicentennial celebration. No matter, Tom Rivers was on hand to cover the festivities that culminated in a bocce tournament Sunday.
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